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Established in 1975, Shartsis Friese currently consists of 65 attorneys. Attorneys and practices are balanced equally between transactional and litigation, and the firm has maintained a roughly equal ratio or partners to non-partners, which ensures a high degree of partner-level involvement in all aspects of a particular matter.

Shartsis Friese attorneys practice primarily in the areas of:

• Complex Litigation
• Business and Securities
• Intellectual Property
• Real Estate
• Securities Enforcement Defense
• Investment Funds & Advisers
• Family Wealth Planning
• Taxation

Their experienced trial lawyers bring a history of success, cost-effective case management and business-oriented problem solving through litigation and strategic commercial counseling. They litigate virtually all aspects of business disputes, having represented both privately and publicly owned American and foreign businesses in litigation in cases involving local, national and international disputes. They have litigated disputes involving amounts in excess of a billion dollars and tried cases involving amounts in excess of $100 million. Regardless of the size of the dispute, they bring the same result-oriented commitment to all of their clients.

The firm’s niche serving mid-sized public and private companies is based on deep experience counseling corporate executives on their most important legal and business matters.

Shartsis Friese partners have been key business advisors to leading San Francisco Bay Area executives for over 30 years. Based on their lawyers’ expertise in areas such as corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, tax and intellectual property, the firm is able to provide strong and strategic legal support to their clients, helping them to grow and prosper. Shartsis Friese offers an attractive alternative to the megafirm approach to corporate law - their clients are served by a small team of partners and associates who know their business and are dedicated to helping them achieve their business goals. If a dispute arises, their litigation lawyers are there to step in to defend their clients’ interests and work smartly and aggressively towards a positive outcome.

The firm’s transactional intellectual property practice includes software and technology licensing, counseling clients on trademarks, copyrights and patents (including securing U.S. and international patent rights, selection, registration, licensing and enforcement), providing advice on technology transactions, and drafting and negotiating a broad range of agreements that are critical for any technology company.

The firm’s real estate practice is nationally known for its leasing practice and has expertise in a number of other areas, including corporate facilities, development, financing and workouts, and retail and restaurant transactions. They represent some of the premier companies in the Bay Area, including Google, Oracle, Twitter, Adobe, Yahoo!, Netflix and Lucasfilm as well as numerous technology startups.

The firm’s Family Wealth Planning Group represents individuals and fiduciaries in all aspects of estate planning and trust and estate administration and related litigation. They design estate plans with an eye toward achieving tax efficiency, maximizing wealth transfers, and ensuring that the final distribution of the clients’ assets is in accordance with their wishes. For multinational families, they work with advisors in other countries to plan transfers in light of U.S. tax rules. They represent a wide range of U.S. and international individuals and families with varying life situations and life-stage needs. In addition to basic estate planning advice and services, they provide sophisticated planning to reduce tax burdens and address specialized concerns such as business succession planning, planning for special needs beneficiaries, and providing incentives for younger generations to use their wealth wisely and in ways that contribute to their communities. They also assist individuals, families, private foundations, charitable organizations, and businesses to implement philanthropic goals, representing some of the largest and best known foundations in California.

In addition to its core business and litigation law capabilities, Shartsis Friese is home to several practice areas that are widely viewed as national leaders. The firm’s hedge fund and investment advisor practice is the largest practice of its kind on the West Coast and was recently ranked as one of the top two hedge fund practices in the country by a comprehensive survey of hedge fund managers. The firm’s trusts & estates litigation team handles some of the largest and most important trust cases in the U.S., often with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. The firm’s securities enforcement defense group, which includes two former Securities & Exchange Commission lawyers, has been actively involved in the defense of some of the highest profile civil and criminal corporate investigations on the West Coast.

Shartsis Friese LLP has an “AV” (top) rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Fifteen lawyers currently are listed by Best Lawyers in America and fifteen lawyers currently are listed by Super Lawyers of Northern California for 2014. In 2011 and 2010, the firm was chosen by the National Law Journal for their Midsize Hot List, one of twenty firms chosen nationally each year. In 2011, Shartsis Friese was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (“AFP”) as the Golden Gate Chapter’s Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker for its philanthropic efforts.

Firm Contacts
Frank  Cialone Frank Cialone
Telephone: +1.415.773.7298

Erick  Howard Erick Howard
Telephone: +1.415.773.7225

Partners Practice Groups Telephone E-mail Address
Frank Cialone +1.415.773.7298
Erick Howard +1.415.773.7225
Paul Feasby - Chief Operating Officer +1.415.773.7234
Paul Feasby - Chief Operating Officer +1.415.773.7234
Office Locations
San Francisco, California (Main Location)
One Maritime Plaza
Eighteenth Floor
San Francisco, California 94111 USA
Telephone: 415.421.6500
Facsimile: 415.421.2922
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